I spent the day today at a training sponsored by the Department of Children and Families addressing the subject of Trauma Informed Care. The main speaker, Tonier Cain, was a crack addicted, homeless, prostitute until someone cared enough to help her heal from childhood sexual and physical abuse. She has been clean for the last six years and works with the National Center for Trauma Informed Care, advocating for change in our systems of care. Her enthusiasm is so encouraging. In a field where the professionals often get burned out and bitter, hearing her story of hope was like a breath of fresh air. She is the subject of a documentary titled "Healing Neen" and has a Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Healing-Neen/107153185980644?v=wall . This approach is something I can see transforming the way our programs are run and ultimately effecting the success of every participant who walks through our doors.
"Healing Neen" Trailer from Thom Stromer on Vimeo.